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How to Handle Overly Opinionated Bridesmaids While Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

bridesmaids while shopping for your wedding dress

Finding the perfect gown is an exciting process but it can also be overwhelming and stressful at times. Having your bridesmaids by your side at bridal appointments can often make shopping easier. But what do you do when you have an overly opinionated bridesmaid present at your appointment? We’re here to help you tackle this tough situation so that you can enjoy shopping for the dress of your dreams.

  1. Inform them about your dream gown and the concept of your wedding before you start shopping. Tell them how you want to look, your likes and dislikes, and don’t let one loud voice sway you.

  2. At the bridal salon, try on dresses that you love. Even if your bridesmaid is pushing you to try on a dress that she has picked for you, if you don’t love it, don’t worry about trying it on. Bridal appointments are brief and you don’t want to waste time on a dress pick just to please someone else.

  3. Take their opinions with a grain of salt. If you’ve asked your bridesmaids to rate each look, chances are good your overly opinionated friend will have quite a lot to say. Don’t let those comments cloud your gut reactions to dresses.

    Starr Celebrations Tip: We have created downloadable Say Yes To The Dress signs for your dress shopping entourage! Download these paddle fans, glue a popsicle stick to each one, and bring them to your bridal appointment.

    paddle fan wedding - uhh next that's the one- say yes to the dress paddle fan eh ok paddle fan wedding
    oh like wedding dress oh love wedding dress i said yes to the dress paddle fan
    heck yess to wedding dress heck no wedding dress hmmm maybe wedding dress

  4. Share your budget with your bridesmaids and don’t let them persuade you to try pricier gowns. If your bridesmaid is pushing you to try on gowns that are outside of your budget, let her know that your budget is firm. There will be a perfect dress for you within your budget, you just have to search for it.

  5. Don’t search for their approval - if they don’t love it, so be it! You may be fighting a losing battle trying to please the overly opinionated bridesmaid - and truly, you should only be concerned with what you want. 

  6. If all else fails, ask them to tone it down. While we’re not suggesting that you start a scuffle with your bridesmaid during your appointment, if your friend’s attitude is ruining the experience for you, take her aside and ask her to please be more supportive. Chances are good, she will respond positively and change her tune.

  7. If you think you’ve found the one, be confident. And similarly, if you feel that you didn’t find the one, don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Your opinion is the one that matters most and while it’s wonderful to have help from your bridesmaids, you have to make sure that your voice is heard. 


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